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Rodale Institute

Name Lynda Prim Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected –  –
Training Start Date May 1, 2018 Training End Date November 16, 2018
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $200/week
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value Free Housing, education program, workshops and produce from the farm; insurance that covers worktime.
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier Chubb insurance
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? Yes
Number of Employees at training location 35
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 6-15
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Summer field work/learning
Start Date of Phase May 1, 2018 End Date of Phase August 10, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Lynda Prim, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Orientation and learning basic planting operations for diversified vegetable production and pastured hog and poultry management.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Understanding field plans, planting schedules, planting techniques, equipment operation, livestock pasture rotation, feeding, and health.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Lynda Prim, ASC Program Manager. Expert knowledge and thirty years of direct experience in organic farming, agroecology, vegetable production, livestock management, and direct marketing. Cross-cultural experience in farmer training, teaching, and technical assistance to farmers.

Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Local cultural events, visiting other farms, and participation in Collaborative Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) events.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Tractor training, hand tool training, soil preparation, compost production, compost tea production & utilization, greenhouse seeding & management, field seeding & transplanting (by hand & with larger equipment), laying plastic mulch, pest control (row cover management & organic inputs), high tunnel planting & operation, tomato grafting & trellising, cover cropping, field planning with successional crops, irrigation setup, livestock management.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Workshops and small hands-on field and classroom trainings. Steward will also be given online & electronic resources as well as several books for assigned readings and discussion questions. Steward will also be required to complete a one year field plan and a 3-year field plan including cover crops and rotations.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Observation and evaluation of field activities. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Harvest, Deliveries, continued maintenance
Start Date of Phase August 10, 2018 End Date of Phase October 19, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Lynda Prim, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Harvesting and preparing produce, meat, poultry, and eggs for market. Distribution site management. Assuming some independent responsibilities with supervision.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Learn different techniques for properly handling and maintaining high quality organic food. Manage customer deliveries at assigned distribution site including establishing relationships and managing weekly accounting sheets. Continued field production.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Lynda Prim, ASC Program Manager. Expert knowledge and thirty years of direct experience in organic farming, agroecology, vegetable production, livestock management, and direct marketing. Cross-cultural experience in farmer training, teaching, and technical assistance to farmers.
Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Visiting other farms, local fairs and festivals (e.g. Kutztown folk festival, Musik Fest in Bethlehem).

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Harvesting techniques for over 40 different crops, food safety and handling guidelines, washing & processing & storage techniques to maintain quality food, product order management, developing customer service relationships, tracking accounting records and handling many forms of payments, newsletter composition, tomato trellising, organic pest & weed & disease management, and other field/crop maintenance, etc.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Workshops, in-field experience and mentorship, field and classroom trainings, CRAFT events.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Observation and evaluation of field activities. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Business development and end of season operations
Start Date of Phase October 19, 2018 End Date of Phase November 16, 2018
Primary Supervisor during this phase Lynda Prim, Daniel Kemper, Maggie Saska Supervisor Title ASC Program Manager, Field Foreman, Plant Production Specialist
Email [email protected] Phone Number 6106831439
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Participate in business planning series, continued growing independence in distribution site management, field operations, and livestock management.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Develop a farm business plan. Be prepared to share what has been learned with less experienced interns. Transfer knowledge back in his home country.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Lynda Prim, ASC Program Manager. Expert knowledge and thirty years of direct experience in organic farming, agroecology, vegetable production, livestock management, and direct marketing. Cross-cultural experience in farmer training, teaching, and technical assistance to farmers.

Daniel Kemper, Field Foreman. 4 Seasons working on an organic vegetable operation. 1 season supervising interns.

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist. 15 years of experience in growing. Experience in agricultural education at incubator farm working with international populations.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

Visiting other farms, Halloween celebration, Apple Festival at Rodale Institute, CRAFT events.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Understand different parts of a business plan and developing own personalized idea into a presentation and hard copy of a plan; end of season maintenance, removal of mulch, soil tillage, cover crop seeding, high tunnel preparations for winter planting, garlic planting, direct marketing and distribution, livestock harvest.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Workshops, in-field direct experience and mentorship, and classroom trainings. Partner with Lehigh and Kutztown University for business series in classroom.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Observation and evaluation of field activities. Required journal & assignments that will be reviewed. Completion and review of farm business plan and design.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)